Last weeks were rather uneventful but also pretty hard. Now, here I am again – ONE DAY BEFORE LEAVING TO DAR ES SALAAM, TANZANIA.
My journey from Warsaw, through Amsterdam and Abu Dhabi, to Dar Es Salaam, will take more than 18 hours. I am going to apply for a tourist visa – valid for 90 days – on arrival. I should be able to get it without problem by paying in crisp, new US dollars.
I started taking vaccinations already in December. I think I really felt the dignity of the situation, because I even went to the travel medicine doctor for an advice (what the children of doctors usually never do cause ‘mommy knows best’ 😉 ).
Apart from the shots which I took last year in Sweden, before going to India, I needed to add typhoid and yellow fever. They are only advisable, not obligatory in continental Tanzania, but showing the valid vaccination card (which I have finally obtained!) is necessary, for example, to enter autonomous territory of Zanzibar. I also needed to prolong the immunity for Hepatitis A and B with the two more doses.
Malaria is still my major worry. The doctor advised me to buy the popular Malarone, but it costs more than 30 euros for 12 days and cannot be taken constantly for 3 months… And it’s still the only antimalarial product available in Poland. But since in Sweden I got the chloroquine phosphate prescribed, I decided to stick to the same substance and ordered it online. Maybe not the safest idea, but I already take those pills and I AM FINE. However, the best way to prevent malaria and dengue fever is not to get bitten by mosquitos. That’s why I got the solid supply of Mugga insect repellent and decided to pack some long-sleeved shirts and long trousers. I also got the standard set of antibiotics, electrolytes and probiotic.
When it comes to packing – I surprised myself. I managed to fit all the necessary minimum in a 15 kg backpack. I obviously remembered about the water filter, the belt with a hidden pocket, strong power bank, antibacterial gel and a heat-sealed copy of my passport.
My plans for Tanzania? Apart from volunteering, intercultural exchange, getting to know local lifestyle and finally taking the well-deserved break… I obviously want to visit Zanzibar, Mount Kilimanjaro national park, Lake Victoria, maybe go for a safari with lions, zebras and gazelles! Adventure time! And I will chill. Yes, I definitely need a break.
I am both excited and worried. I just try to convince myself that I am not the first person going there and that I have already faced totally different cultures and managed to settle in. I also know that there are other volunteers already in Dar es Salaam.
Wish me luck 😉